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Statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in ‘Students for Fair Admissions V. University of North Carolina’ and ‘Students for Fair Admissions V. President and Fellows of Harvard College’

The following is a statement by funders and philanthropic organizations in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in ‘Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina’ and ‘Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College.’ A full list of signatories follows.  

The Supreme Court’s decision impedes colleges and universities from selecting their own student bodies and fully addressing systemic racial inequalities that persist. The ruling threatens to return this nation to a time when education and opportunity were reserved for a privileged class. It endangers sixty years of multiracial movements to challenge our nation to live up to the ideals enshrined in our founding documents. The decision erects new barriers to building a society in which everyone has the opportunity to improve their lives, communities, health, and education.   

Today’s ruling will make the vital work of building inclusive college campuses much harder. Experience has shown that substituting socioeconomic status as a proxy for race will not achieve the diversity that strengthens the fabric of all universities. Educators and communities dedicated to teaching and mentoring young people and adults from every imaginable background understand how all students — not just students of color — benefit from diverse racial and socioeconomic learning environments. Decades of research show that students educated with people from different backgrounds and experiences improve their analytical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. These skills are essential to building our future workforce, our military, and a healthy democracy. In the realm of health, research shows that racially and ethnically representative medical schools produce better-trained physicians and care teams that reflect the communities they serve. 

Universities and colleges and those organizations supporting them deserve the resources and support to continue their critical mission. They need our resolve, too. Philanthropies are vital partners in our nation’s progress. We will remain steadfast in our collective mission to create a more equitable nation within the bounds of the law. To forge ahead, we must continue to advocate for the human dignity of all people — regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or country of origin — with renewed vigor and commitment.  

Our nation’s future prosperity, vitality, and unity depend upon America becoming a true multiracial democracy — an aspiration that requires racial equity and diversity in higher education. Despite today’s ruling, our foundations will not waver in our commitment to those making the nation’s high ideals a reality for all communities and all people.

Signatories of this statement:


Blue Shield of California Foundation 

California Health Care Foundation 

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation 

Council on Foundations  

David and Lucile Packard Foundation 

Democracy Fund 

ECMC Foundation 

Ford Foundation 

Foundation for Health Equity 

Funders Concerned About AIDS 

Grantmakers for Education 

Grantmakers In Health 

Grantmakers in the Arts 

Healthy Communities Foundation 

Hispanics in Philanthropy 

Horizon Foundation 

Humanity United 

Imaginable Futures 

Independent Sector 

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation  

Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation 

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust 

Lumina Foundation 

McKnight Foundation 

Mellon Foundation 

MetroWest Health Foundation 

Meyer Memorial Trust 

Point32Health Foundation 

Raikes Foundation 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  

Ruth Mott Foundation 

Rx Foundation 

Stuart Foundation 

Stupski Foundation 

Surdna Foundation 

The California Endowment 

The California Wellness Foundation  

The Denver Foundation 

The Joyce Foundation 

The Open Society Foundations 

The Rockefeller Foundation 

The Skillman Foundation 

The Spencer Foundation  

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation 

Wail of a Tale Productions 

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund 

The Skillman Foundation

The Skillman Foundation is a grantmaking organization established in 1960 by Rose Skillman. We have granted out more than $730 million and have served as a vocal advocate to strengthen K-12 education, afterschool programming, child-centered neighborhoods, youth and community leadership, and racial equity and justice.

We are in the process of developing a new strategic framework, co-designed with Detroit youth and their champions.

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  • dipankar mukherjee - http://www.pangeaworldtheater.org

    ever so often as a first generation immigrant we are put “OUTSIDE” large white buildings of hope called foundations!

    ever so often we find our friends and allies within these buildings who stand firm and in resilience to affirm and support the communities that are never silent and seldom “heard”. i speak for some MN foundations.

    today i bow to the above signatories and say YES!
    this is the world we architect!
    we will create a liberated and nuanced global world we want to leave as a legacy
    the earth ..the people..us need it!

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